THE RAINY weather of recent weeks failed to deter Barbara Collins from delivering a demonstration entitled ‘Brighter Days Are Coming’ at the April meeting of HUCKNALL FLOWER ARRANGING GROUP.
For her first creation, Barbara, of Peterborough, chose a garden-style design using contorted willow stems, a variety of foliage with daffodils, unusual pink tulips with variegated leaves, flowering currant, white ranunculus and virburnum.
A lime-green plastic watering can was the container for a modern design featuring a bamboo frame, trimmed with lime-green textured wool. To introduce an Easter theme, small plastic decorated eggs were hung on the framework.
Barbara continued the Easter theme in a design suitable for a church. A large zinc dish was used to display pussy willow branches curved into an arch with fatsia leaves, white lilies, dracaena foliage, hebe, senecio and double white tulips called ‘Glorious Snow’.
To represent Chelsea Flower Show, at which Barbara will compete, a wooden box-basket, lined with hessian and orange fabric, was used.
The title of the competitive class at Chelsea is ‘60 Glorious Years’, in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and this was interpreted by using cornus stems, fatsia leaves, willow leafed hebe, a large green cymbidium orchid spray and, yellow bloom chrysanthemums.
The Jubilee theme continued in the next design in a classic-style container using patriotic colours. Into an outline of foliage, Barbara inserted white lisianthus, blue hydrangea heads and red roses with wired diamond-effect clusters.
In tribute to the group’s 35th (coral) anniversary this year, a design was created in a large urn using coral colours. A framework of aspidistra and fatsia leaves, rosemary, leucadendron and ruscus was enhanced with cream carnations, bronze alstromeria and orange roses.